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Why So Many Tornadoes in Tornado Alley?

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Tornado watches on the rise in your area? You’re not alone. Across the U.S., tornado outbreaks are increasing in number due to unseasonably warm weather. And among the worse effected: Tornado Alley: The strip of Great Plains states running from Kansas to Texas.

The Science Behind Tornado Alley

Tornadoes can – and do – form anywhere. In fact, about 1,200 hit the U.S. annually. However certain conditions aid their formation - conditions which exist in Tornado Alley:

  • Flat, dry terrain
    Tornadoes are more easily formed in regions with flat, dry terrain.
  • Atmospheric instability
    Think the battle of the opposites: In the Great Plains region, warm moist air from the Gulf battles with cool, dry Rocky Mountain winds. They meet, and science takes over…
  • Competing air masses
    When the competing masses meet, warm air rises and cool air sinks, creating a supercell, a very violent storm. If the two clashing air masses have different speeds, a funnel cloud is formed. When that cloud touches the ground it is classified as a tornado.

How many regions in the U.S. are effected?

The following regions are no stranger to a tornado watch. When is your tornado season?

  • Southern Plains (May to June)
  • Gulf Coast (Spring)
  • Northern Plains & Upper Midwest (June or July)

Is your home prepared for severe weather?

Prepare your home and family for the event of a tornado watch or warning:

  • Be on the lookout.
    Be vigilant about approaching storms, watching closely for tornado signs: Dark skies, large hail, low-flying, fast moving clouds, and roaring sounds.
  • Tune-in.
    Listen to TV or radio news, or your NOAA weather radio for official instructions.
  • Recognize alerts.
    A tornado watch means a tornado is possible. A tornado warning means a tornado has been spotted.
  • Take shelter.
    In the event of a warning, immediately seek shelter in a storm cellar, basement, or interior room.

Professional Storm Damage Restoration Services

Storm damage following a tornado watch? The caring professionals at Rainbow Restoration® can help you put the pieces back together. Call us or schedule an appointment online to learn more about board-up and tarp over services, water damage restoration, and storm damage repair services from Rainbow Restoration.

For Further Reading:

Most Common Tornado Damage

More Than the Funnel: Severe Weather Tornado Signs

Get to Know the Tornado Warning Systems

Explaining a Fujita Scale

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